Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tibet, here we come ...

For the past 13 years, whenever I have been at home, I have seen this picture every day.

It makes me smile.


In 2004, Adventure Peaks gave me the opportunity to lead their Cho Oyu Expedition.

It never just opened doors, it opened corridors with multiple rooms and every room held another adventure.

Today, I depart once again with Adventure Peaks to lead their Cho Oyu Expedition to where it all began, so to say that I am excited would be a huge understatement.

Bloggie updates will be directed to the Adventure Peaks News Page.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Farewell Scotland

My feet are smarting after just 2 days in the rock shoes.


This week has all been avoiding the rain.  We have succeeded but have been nearly hypothermic on more than one occasion.  Today saw the cardinal sin of having to wear socks under my rock shoes - not a pretty sight even if I do wear happy socks.

Tomorrow is the start of another big adventure and sticking with tradition I am no where near ready ...

Sunday, 2 April 2017

That was that then ...

Skis packed away? Yup

Winter rack now a summer rack?  Yup

© Mr Drew Photography

Summer rock shoes activated?  Yup

Motorbike MOT'ed? Yup

First cut of the grass done?  Yup

Road bike activated?  Yup

Mountain bike activated?  Yup

Hey ho, that's summer arrived then.

Monday, 13 March 2017

The 8000m Peak Team

Oh my goodness, I am not sure that the Himalayas are ready for these guys.

In 10 days time Ronny departs for his Lhotse Expedition.

In 10 days time Rory departs for his Everest Expedition.

In 4 weeks time, Di departs for her Cho You Expedition - better late than never ...

I will be remaining professional at all times and will not being throwing snowballs from afar towards them and I definitely will not be heckling them on the radio.

For the past 3 days, we have climbed and down climbed lots of puddles of snow.

However, having mastered the art of surviving a very pathetic attempt at Scottish Winter, the biggest dilemma for the past 3 days, was what cake to have.  Boys ... really ...

Sunday, 5 March 2017

At long last winter has arrived

The thing about writing a bloggie thing is that you have to be indoors, sitting in front of the computer.

This is not necessarily a bad thing if the rain is lashing against the windows, but this evening, the sun is streaming in the sun room and the birds are chirping away outside.

In fact, ever since coming back home from our awesome road trip to Colorado, the weather has been pretty special.

It finally feels as if winter has arrived.

I am lucky to spend time with some pretty cool people who make me smile .... I mean really smile.

What is more important is the environment that we choose to live in.  How is it possible to not be happy in the mountains?

I really do think that the NHS should prescribe mountain adventures.  It would probably work out much cheaper in the short term and long term.

I now feel very smug since the backlog of emails have been cleared, my desk is clean, I baked a cake (never burnt it which is a bonus and it doesn't feel like a brick) and I am fully stoked for another fun packed week.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Recharging in the mountains

Have I mentioned before that I love my job?  I really loved my job this weekend.

Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team have been earning their rescue points this week with various call outs so on Friday night there were a few weary looking guys when they turned up at Tulloch for their annual personal skills training.  Most people would look forward to a relaxing weekend with family and friends recharging the battery, but not these guys - they recharge in the mountains. 

On Saturday the majority decided to have a warm up on Creag Meagaigh - Rich took a smaller team to Aonach Mor to drop people over cornices by the sound of it.  The Creag Meagaidh circuit is normally an 8 - 10 hour summer walk so to do the circuit in full on winter conditions - and we are speaking about full on winter conditions - in about the same time was pretty impressive since there was a lot of instruction along the way.

For some more recharging we star bursted across the mountains on Sunday - we do like to keep our environmental footprint down.  A team on the Aonach Eagach, a team on the Ballachulish Horsehoe and 2 teams on Golden Oldie.  Happy times ...

Oh it does go without say that there was recharging / hydrating on the Saturday night.  This was made worse by the fact that Callum and Kenny were absent which meant that the one remaining bottle of beetroot wine (specifically reserved for this weekend) had to be consumed by Matt and Di.

Huge thanks to Richard Bentley, Matt Stygall and Mark Scales for being awesome people to work with and making this weekend a big highlight in my winter calendar. 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Into the deep

I am one very lucky girl because I get to meet some awesome people.

Ronny is off to attempt Lhotse this spring and Di is off to attempt Cho Oyu this spring, so 8000m peak training is the name of the game.

What does this actually means?  Mileage. Mileage. Mileage.

After Ronny sussing Di out and Di sussing Ronny out, we went off for a mini break.

In short: 3 days - 2 x routes (one with a ridiculously heavy pack on), 2 x munro's & 1 x bothy night. 

I am now topping up with Vitamin I and rehydrating with the vino tinto.  It is very important to stay rehydrated.

We are lucky enough to have one of the worlds best playground on our back door and the big skill in being in the right place at the right time.

These few days were one of the few when everything clicked together, especially when the fierce South Easterly winds picked up and blew us off the hill.